Home > News >

Tom Latham’s gritty fifty helps New Zealand extend lead to 342 against West Indies at lunch on Day 4 of 1st Test

Tom Latham played a gritty innings as Kiwis kept losing wickets from the other end © Getty Images
Tom Latham played a gritty innings as Kiwis kept losing wickets from the other end © Getty Images

By Abhijit Banare

Jun 11, 2014

A gritty fifty from Tom Latham (51 not out) has helped New Zealand to extend their lead to 342 at lunch on Day Four of the First Test against West Indies. The hosts made some early inroads but Latham held the innings together. New Zealand are 96 for the loss of five wickets.

West Indies got a perfect start to the morning . In the second over of the day, Jerome Taylor’s twin strikes put the Kiwis on the backfoot. Taylor first foxed nightwatchman Ish Sodhi with a delivery that seamed away from the batsman and caught him plumb in front. But the big strike came in the next ball when Ross Taylor was caught in his crease and failed to block a fuller delivery which came back in to the right-hander. At 14 for four, the Kiwis were looking down the barrel when Latham an skipper Brendon McCullum put up a tough resistance. Kemar Roach and Taylor, the spinners too kept the batsmen in check with Suleiman Benn creating more pressure.

Windies could have seen the back of McCullum early but Chris Gayle playing in his 100th Test failed to get down in time to take a sharp slip catch of Roach’s bowling. McCullum was clever to come down the wicket and was playing forward as much as possible. Latham in the meanwhile showed patience and as he settled down, he started playing the ball late in to the gaps to keep rotating the strike. Shillingord was a touch sloppy early in his spell giving away a few short deliveries which were gleefully accepted and dispatched for fours.

McCullum and Latham put a crucial 41-run stand until Shillingford got the better of McCullum’s forward defensive push. At 55 for five, the Kiwis had a lead of 287 which was far from comfort. McCullum scored 17 in 47 balls. Latham could have been dismissed soon after but West Indies cho0se against reviewing a leg-before call turned down by the umpire.

Latham backed his 83 in the first innings with another unbeaten fifty. He reached his half-century in 132 balls and along with James Neesham, the duo have stitched an unbeaten 46-run stand. Despite early wickets, the Windies have a lot to worry as the Kiwis aim for at least 400 before giving any thought of declaring.

Brief scores:

New Zealand 508 for 7 decl. (Kane Williamson 113 James Neesham 107; Sulieman Benn 3 for 142, Shane Shillingford 3 for 145) & 96 for 5 (Tom Latham 51*, Brendon McCullum 17; Jerome Taylor 3 for 13) lead West Indies 262 (Chris Gayle 64, Shivnarine Chanderpaul 84*, Denesh Ramdin 39; Mark Craig 4 for 91, Tim Southee 4 for 19) by 342 runs.

Full Scorecard

Catch all the latest from New Zealand’s 2014 tour of West Indies here

(Abhijit Banare is a reporter at CricketCountry. He is an avid quizzer and loves to analyse and dig out interesting facts which allows him to learn something new every day. Apart from cricket he also likes to keep a sharp eye on Indian politics, and can be followed on Twitter and blog)

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 29, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Aug 30, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Nottingham

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 30, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Dambulla

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 31, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Birmingham

More

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 7 wkts

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Basseterre, St Kitts

No result

India tour of England 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Cardiff

India won by 133 runs

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 26, 2014  at Hambantota

Sri Lanka won by 77 runs

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 25, 2014  at Harare

Australia won by 198 runs

Photos

Don Bradman's ducks

Videos

Dhoni praises Raina's century in 2nd ODI

MS Dhoni did not cross the line, clarifies BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel

Suresh Raina: Ravi Shastri gave us a lot of confidence

Adam Gilchrist ‘apologises’ to Glenn McGrath on Twitter

Michael Hussey calls for stringent measures to prevent illegal bowling actions

MS Dhoni heaps praise on Suresh Raina for match-winning knock

Australia Australia and South Africa in Zimbabwe 2014 England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka 2014 South Africa Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014

Zimbabwe vs South Africa 3rd ODI, Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014 preview: A battle of two extremes

Indian cricket: Micromax new title sponsors for International series and domestic tournaments for 2014-15

Misbah-ul Haq needs to be more proactive in 3rd ODI, says Rameez Raja

Faf du Plessis: Victory in 2nd ODI, not revenge for Test loss

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014: Kashmiri students bashed up in Punjab for supporting Pakistan

Suresh Raina’s new avatar on India’s tour of England 2014

Four best partnerships between Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers

Aaron Finch rapidly emerging as Australia’s key batsman

Ravindra Jadeja: India’s go-to man against England in ODIs

Indian team discusses victory over England in 2nd ODI on Facebook

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

666 Posts | 6 Fans

12 runs in one ball

IRCTC app to book train tickets for BlackBerry users

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Varun Dhawan: Shraddha Kapoor’s commitment inspires me!

5 paid iOS apps worth Rs 1,410 that you can now download for free

George Bailey adresses press after Australia’s loss to South Africa

Zimbabwe vs South Africa 3rd ODI, Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014 preview: A battle of two extremes

Top 8 health benefits of coconut

Aamir Khan launches Satyamev Jayate Season 3

Is Imam Siddique cast for his antics and temper?

5 facts you didn’t know about depression

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here